Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Vietnam's President emphasises ties with Germany

President emphasises ties with Germany
11:07' 22/05/2007 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam attaches a great deal of importance to its relationship with Germany and highly values the role of Germany in the European Union and the world at large.

Those were the remarks made by State President Nguyen Minh Triet while holding talks with visiting German President Horst Koehler in Ha Noi on May 21.

The two Presidents held talks right after an official welcome ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace for President Koehler, his wife and a high-level delegation from Germany, marking the first visit to Vietnam by Koehler.

President Triet applauded the visit by his German counterpart, considering it an important event, which, he said, marked a new development in the relations between the two countries.

The Vietnamese state leader expressed his thanks for the sentiments and valuable assistance that the government and people of Germany have provided for Vietnam during its renovation and national construction process.

He went on to speak highly of cooperative projects initiated by Germany in the fields of poverty reduction, economic reform, education, health care, natural resources protection and sustainable development.

President Triet lauded Germany’s policy to enhance multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam, particularly economically and commercially.

He stressed that Vietnam and Germany boast huge potential for cooperation for the benefits of both countries, for peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

For his part, President Koehler spoke highly of the immense achievements made by the Vietnamese people during the country’s renewal process, and its open foreign policies.

He appreciated Vietnam’s role in Southeast Asia and the country’s policy on regional integration. He also congratulated Vietnam on its admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and affirmed that Germany wished to intensify its multifaceted relations with Vietnam.

The two sides went on to exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern, focusing on those relating to sustainable development, natural resources and environmental protection.